November 4, 2013
MS students urged to participate in Computer Science
Be one of the millions participating
in Hour of Code, Dec. 10-12
Backed by Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn, Bill
Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, the College Board, Boys & Girls Clubs,
other partners, BH-BL middle school students can help reach
code.org’s goal of 10 million students participating in the
Hour of Code from Dec. 10 to 12.
There is no experience required. Students can sign up to
complete one hour of code using a choice of engaging tutorials
from industry leaders such as Rovio entertainment, the makers of
Activities will be led by Mrs. White, high school computer
science teacher, and some of her Advanced Placement Computer
Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer
science. Basic programming activities help nurture creativity
and problem-solving skills. By starting early, students will
have a foundation for success in any future career path.
Some Shocking USA Statistics
- There will be 1 million more computing jobs than
students over the next 10 years, adding up to $500 billion
- 67% of “software” jobs are outside the tech industry –
in banking, retail, government, entertainment, medicine,
- Computer Science is the highest paid college degree and
computer programming jobs are growing at two times the
- More than 50 percent of all projected math and science
occupations are in computing occupations.
- Computing occupations are among the highest-paying jobs
for new graduates. Yet fewer than 3% of college students
graduate with a degree in computer science.
- 9 out of 10 schools in the United States do not offer
Computer Science classes (BH-BL does).
- A.P. Computer Science is taught in only 5% of U.S. high
schools (BH-BL is one of them).
- Fewer than 20 percent of AP Computer Science students
are women. Fewer than 10% are Black/African American and
For more information, contact Mrs. White at
Students may sign up from November 19 to 26 in the middle school
office. Students may choose from activity period on December 10,
11 or 12. Space is limited.